Whatcom County, WA – A helicopter crew from U.S. Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Operation (CBP) rescued a stranded hiker Saturday afternoon on Jack Mountain southeast of Ross Lake.
According to a press release from CBP, a 62-year old man set off on a day hike on Friday but “ran into trouble” and was forced to spend the night on the mountain.
The hiker was able to text his wife his latitude and longitude before his cellphone battery went dead.
Agents from the Bellingham Air and Marine Branch rescued the man after receiving a search-and-rescue request from the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office. The Agents responded to the man’s last know location in a CBP helicopter and located him within minutes. The crew provided the man with food and water before flying him to safety where he met with awaiting family members.
The Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office, U.S. National Park Service, U.S. Navy Whidbey Island Search and Rescue and Customs and Border Protection all participated in the rescue.
In addition to its homeland security mission, the Bellingham Air and Marine Branch has participated in three rescues in Washington state this year and deployed a helicopter and crew to assist recovery operations during Hurricane Florence.